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November 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

Big 777X buyers tell Boeing: Don’t repeat 787 outsourcing mistakes

The Middle Eastern airline executives who just ordered a couple hundred 777X jets from Boeing have some advice for the company: Build it in one place, in your own facilities, and don’t rely on a complex international outsourcing system for major pieces like you did with the much-delayed 787.

Emirates CEO Tim Clark, now the plane’s biggest customer, told the Wall Street Journal:

All we said to [Boeing] was, ‘Please don’t do to 777X what you did to the [787]…  Don’t do that to us.

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Akbar likewise told the Journal that “frankly, we would rather everything was built in one place, and I think Boeing from the 787 experience have learnt a lesson.”

Boeing is currently studying where to build the 777X and its big carbon fiber wing, after Puget Sound-area Machinists rejected a proposed 8-year contract extension that bundled guarantees about building the plane here with substantial cuts in future pay and benefits.

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